Sunday, November 15, 2015

PA League Of Women Voters, Pitt Host Shale And Public Health Conference Nov. 18

Some of the first research using the Geisinger Health System data to explore the health impacts of shale gas development will be presented at the Shale and Public Health Conference on November 18 at the University of Pittsburgh University Club, 123 University Place in Pittsburgh from 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
The conference is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania and will be hosted by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health
In addition to investigating impacts of the drilling, fracking and extraction of shale gas on our health, the conference will also examine related processes such as the disposal of wastes from shale gas development, and health concerns about ethane crackers.
Nationally known experts such as MacArthur Fellow Wilma Subra of Louisiana will speak on ethane crackers, shale gas development and public health.
Brian Schwartz MD of Johns Hopkins, a Senior Investigator for the Geisinger Center for Health Research, will present newly published research.
Local speakers include Dr. Cynthia Richburg of IUP who is studying the impacts of noise from shale gas development, and Bruce Pitt PhD of the Pitt Graduate School of Public Health presenting a recently published study on birth impacts.
A new addition to this year’s conference is a round table brainstorming session where the public can interact with experts and civic leaders. There will also be a special break-out session for health professionals, led by a pediatrician and a family nurse practitioner, on addressing shale health issues in one’s practice.
The conference is free and open to the public.  All attendees will receive an updated copy of the League's “Shale Gas Extraction and Public Health: A Resource Guide.”
This event is part of “The Straight Scoop on Shale” initiative funded by a Colcom Foundation grant to League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania’s Citizen Education Fund.
Click Here for a copy of the agenda.
Space is limited, so please pre-register to attend at the Shale and Public Health Conference webpage or by calling 1-800-61-SHALE (1-800-617-4253).

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